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Lady Bears take on Neb. in Lincoln

Feb. 23, 2001

BU looks to bounce back from OU loss

By KYLE DAVIS

Reporter

The No. 24-ranked Lady Bears basketball team will attempt to bounce back from a tough defeat when they take on the University of Nebraska at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.

Baylor is coming off of an 86-76 loss at the hands of the No. 8-ranked University of Oklahoma on Wednesday. The defeat dropped the Lady Bears to 1-3 against top-10 opponents. Baylor forced 24 Oklahoma turnovers, but shot only 41 percent from the field.

Leading the way for the Lady Bears is forward Danielle Crockrom and guard Sheila Lambert. Crockrom had 18 points and 6 rebounds against Oklahoma, and Lambert led all scorers in the game with 23 points.

Baylor comes into the game with an 18-7 mark, 7-7 in the Big 12 Conference. The team is in sixth place in the conference standings.

Nebraska knocked off the University of Kansas 49-46 on Wednesday to complete a season sweep of the Lady Jayhawks. The win improved the Lady Huskers' record to 12-15 overall, 4-10 in the conference.

'We will have to come ready to play,' guard Jessika Stratton said. 'They are a great team.'

Baylor will have to contend with the tall, physical presence of the Lady Huskers. Senior center Casey Leonhardt is 6 feet 5 inches tall and leads the team in scoring and rebounding. She averages 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She is the only player averaging double-digits in scoring, but Nebraska has five other players averaging at least six points per game.

'Our posts and our guards will both have to play big,' Crockrom said. 'It will be a task for the whole team to guard [Leonhardt].'

Baylor is 5-5 on the road this season, and Nebraska is 8-5 at home. Nebraska leads the all-time series 3-2 and has won the last two meetings against Baylor.

With two more victories, the Lady Bears would finish the season with 20 wins for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign.